 Author
 Liesbet Van de Voorde (UGent)
 Promoter
 Fred Brackx (UGent) and David Eelbode
 Organization
 Abstract
 The aim of this doctoral thesis is to study the construction and some properties of a specic higher spin Dirac operator in Clifford analysis. In general, a higher spin Dirac operator D is the unique (up to a multiplicative constant) elliptic conformally invariant firstorder differential operator acting on differentiable functions with values in a vector space V which is an irreducible representation of Spin(m) with a specific highest weight and which can be realised in Clifford analysis as a vector space of polynomials in several vector variables, called the simplicial monogenic polynomials. Higher spin Dirac operators in Clifford analysis can be seen as a generalisation of the standard Dirac operator, whose functiontheorical properties lie at the heart of many results in Clifford analysis. In its turn, the standard Dirac operator can be seen as the generalisation of the CauchyRiemann operator in the complex plane. The abovementioned specific higher spin Dirac operator that plays the main role in this thesis, presents complications that were not yet discovered, even though explicit examples of higher spin Dirac operators have been studied before. Its functiontheoretical properties are studied and its homogeneous polynomial null solutions (of a fixed degree) will be discussed. We can reveal right now that the vector space of these null solutions is no longer irreducible with respect to the Spin group, contrary to the case of the standard Dirac operator. It appears that this remains true for other higher spin Dirac operators, which makes the study of these operators complicated. Therefore, an important part of this thesis was to describe the decomposition of this kernel space into Spin(m)irreducibles summands, which we have labeled by their highest weight. This decomposition is proved by induction. The decomposition of the kernel space into these irreducibles can be visualised in an aesthetically pleasing way. At that point in the thesis it is known how the vector space of hhomogeneous null solutions of our operator behaves under the action of the Spin group. We have tried to solve this problem.
 Keywords
 Clifford analysis, Higher spin operator
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Please use this url to cite or link to this publication: http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU4107236
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